I’ve not invested so much as five seconds in the television reality show 19 Kids and Counting. I’m no better than the habitual voyeur into the affairs of the Duggar Family; Jim Bob and Michelle chose to put themselves out there. I simply choose to waste my fleeting days on earth watching grown men throw balls at each other or into some little net, or in some cases ignore the ball entirely while attempting to separate an opponent’s head from the rest of his body. But apparently 19 Kids and Counting is a really compelling show because it’s about a husband and wife who are Christians, obviously adverse to birth control, and impose strict rules upon their kids’ dating experiences.
There is a difference in speaking to middle school students as opposed to middle aged men or elderly women. What works for one doesn’t necessarily work for the other. But I’m confident that the middle school demographic is in my wheelhouse, which may tell you something about me but that’s beside the point. Many moons ago I was asked to speak at a middle school retreat in a faraway land. Not that faraway…two states, which in the northeast doesn’t amount to much. Anyway, it was a retreat composed of youth groups from a regional collection of churches in a certain Protestant denomination. By comparison I was from another part of the world, leading my own youth ministry, in a church that was part of a different Protestant denomination.